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14th Apr '18 8:58:42 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tenzin comes to learn that he'll never be his father and shouldn't try to be. You wouldn't think a man in his early fifties would need this, but when your dad was a hero who ended a 100-year war ''and'' you have to carry on his nearly-extinct culture...

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** This is Tenzin's lesson near
the second end of season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tenzin comes to learn that two: he'll never be his father and shouldn't try to be. You wouldn't think a man in his early fifties would need this, but when your dad was a hero who ended a 100-year war ''and'' you have to carry on his nearly-extinct culture...
6th Apr '18 12:31:10 PM costanton11
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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''WebOriginal/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' in Captain Hammer's song "Everyone's a Hero," which at first appears to be a pretty straightforward "accept yourself for who you are" anthem, but it gradually becomes clear that the message comes with a coda, "and incidentally, accept that who you are [[ItsAllAboutMe will never be as great as I am]]."

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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''WebOriginal/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' in Captain Hammer's song "Everyone's a Hero," which at first appears to be a pretty straightforward "accept yourself for who you are" anthem, but it gradually becomes clear that the message comes with a coda, "and incidentally, accept that who you are [[ItsAllAboutMe will never be as great as I am]]."
3rd Apr '18 11:30:32 PM somestrangecircus
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* A theme in the final episodes of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. [[spoiler: Ahiru has trouble giving up her pendant, which contains the final shards needed to complete Mytho's heart, because that will end the story and turn her back into a duck. In the end, with Fakir's help, she is able to realize that her true self is a duck, and that's all right.]]
3rd Apr '18 6:55:59 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/AstroCity:'' Starbright tries telling his archnemesis Simon Says this, after escaping a deliberately flawed deathtrap of Simon's (which is the supervillain's way of saying "thanks" for Starbright bring Simons' friends to a birthday party). [[spoiler:It isn't until after Starbright's death that Simon follows up on those words herself.]]
-->''All you have to do is just be yourself. Figure out who you really are and ''be'' that. Just as much as you possibly can. Light up the whole world with it.''
3rd Apr '18 3:54:50 PM Skylentt
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** Stewie defies it in a special episode. While the whole episode is dedicated to make him realize that all his sophisticated way of talking is an act and making him dropping it off, he eventually decides that he is better off [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop faking his accident, acting superior to everyone and keeping his insecurities for himself.]]
23rd Mar '18 10:24:33 AM MsCC93
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Big Pink Loser", Patrick imitates everything Spongebob does so he can win an award. At the end, Patrick ends up getting an award for something he himself is good at: doing absolutely nothing. This convinces Patrick to stop copying Spongebob, and go back to doing what he does best.

17th Mar '18 11:30:06 AM Twentington
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* "That's Just About Right" by Blackhawk is about a painter who, through his work, comes to realize the individuality of the human condition:
-->"Real life", he says, "is the hardest impression\\
It's always movin' so I let it come through"\\
"And that", I say, "is the glory of true independence\\
Just do what you do what you just gotta do"\\
Your blue might be gray, your less might be more\\
Your window to the world might be your own front door\\
Your shiniest day might come in the middle of the night\\
That's just about right
15th Mar '18 11:36:47 AM MsCC93
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* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow movie]], Eddy realizes that [[spoiler: that being a jerk to others was what was keeping him from being liked by the other kids. He starts being himself, and he finally gets accepted by the kids with his friends]].
29th Jan '18 9:37:38 AM DaibhidC
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* Music/MitchBenn's "Love Handles" and "How I Feel About My Face" are both about not holding yourself to unrealistic standards of appearance.
-->It's my face, and it looks like me,\\
And it's as pretty as I need to be,\\
It's my face, and it looks like me,\\
And I think it's all right.
8th Jan '18 12:58:10 PM MeaJae97
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Occasionally this is warped into "Be Who You Should Be", as a RuleAbidingRebel; the plot doesn't even recognize certain personalities as even being choices and thus they "clearly" must be fake personas. And forget the notion that someone has ''different branching possibilities.'' That's just far too complicated for some works. And that's not even getting into how often it's been outright [[BrokenAesop broken]] with a SnapBack or ResetButton, changing to "don't try to improve or better yourself or even buy any new clothes".

But try telling that old tautology to TheHero or villain who's a SlaveToPR, or one who feels the need to commit OpinionFlipflop or IAmAMonster.

Can be considered a negative if a character's true nature is to be vulgar or [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]] - a CardCarryingVillain is certainly being true to himself, but that doesn't make him a good person. Most frequently, however, it's broken when the intended message is inadvertently twisted to [[StatusQuoIsGod "don't improve or reinvent yourself, broaden your horizons or even make any new friends"]] - the more often an episodic series attempts "Be Yourself", the more likely they are to break it this way.

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Occasionally this is warped into "Be Who You Should Be", as a RuleAbidingRebel; the plot doesn't even recognize certain personalities as even being choices and thus they "clearly" must be fake personas. And forget the notion that someone has ''different branching possibilities.'' That's just far too complicated for some works. And that's not even getting into how often it's been outright [[BrokenAesop broken]] with a SnapBack or ResetButton, changing to "don't try to improve or better yourself or even buy any new clothes".\n\n

But try telling that old tautology to TheHero or villain who's a SlaveToPR, or one who feels the need to commit OpinionFlipflop or IAmAMonster.

IAmAMonster. Can be considered a negative if a character's true nature is to be vulgar or [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]] - a CardCarryingVillain is certainly being true to himself, but that doesn't make him a good person. Most frequently, however, person.

And that's not even getting into how often
it's broken when the intended message is inadvertently been outright [[BrokenAesop broken]] with a SnapBack or ResetButton, becoming twisted to into [[StatusQuoIsGod "don't improve or reinvent yourself, buy new clothes, broaden your horizons or even make any new friends"]] - the more often an episodic series attempts "Be Yourself", the more likely they are to break it this way.
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